Many of us spend the beginning of the year strategizing and planning for how to be our best selves in the New Year. Whether that means finally losing those extra pounds or simply forming healthier eating habits, you’re not alone in your New Year’s Resolution!
When considering the many methods and programs out there, we’ve found it’s best to start with baby steps. Setting lofty goals and getting caught up in and overwhelmed by the big picture can cripple your best efforts and intentions. Once you overcome a few small feats, however, the larger goals suddenly seem more possible, and that can boost your morale.
As you think about what specific small steps to take, consider a fixed-length weight loss challenge to kick off the New Year! Many people are skeptical about whether short-term weight loss methods are truly the most effective, but in reality, there are plenty of reasons why a fixed-length weight loss challenge might be just what you need! Check out these reasons, just to name a few:
You can take it one day at a time. Rather than trying to figure out how you’re going to maintain a diet or weight loss regimen for the rest of your life, start with today. Maintain your plan today. And then tomorrow, wake up and maintain your plan tomorrow. Before you know it, you’ve already got a week under your belt—a belt which you might need to tighten a bit as your pants become looser! Look at you go!
You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike ambiguous plans with no clear end in sight, fixed-length weight loss programs give you an achievable goal to work toward and allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It boosts morale and is great for motivation on those difficult days!
Competition (especially with yourself) is great motivation. Make it a game! How long can you go without giving up on your plan? Five weeks? Seven? Eight? The longer you make it, the greater results you’re going to see! And once your plan is underway, what’s one more day? Before you know it, you will have completed the whole challenge! Plus, if there are challenge prizes at steak, the motivation is even higher! Also consider rewarding yourself with a new clothing item or gift for yourself if you make it to the end of the challenge – a little incentive goes a long way!
The results are two-fold. Short-term weight loss challenges can help you with more than just losing that extra weight—they help build good habits! It takes 21 days to really develop a habit that sticks, so by the end of your fixed-length weight loss program, you will have developed those healthy habits without even noticing! It will be easier to maintain your ideal body weight, easier to live the healthy lifestyle you strive for and even easier to continue losing weight if you haven’t quite reached your big-picture goal.
Looking for the right plan, however, can be daunting. There are so many options out there, so it’s hard to know where to begin or what’s going to work for you, especially if you have tried long-term plans, programs and diets before that have proven ineffective. Why not give a fixed-length challenge a try? You can do anything for a few weeks. Check out one of our favorites—the Medifast 8-Week Challenge—and start your journey to a new, healthier you today!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEDIFAST 8-WEEK CHALLENGE HERE.